A painting of a skyline with the tops of evergreen treesThe View from Tim's Porch, oil

Today’s featured artist is Michael Gaudreau. Michael’s paintings include portraits of Maryland and the Adirondacks, pastoral depictions of rocks and rivers, and ceramic works.

 

Working primarily with oil paint, Michael creates landscape works that really celebrate the feeling of the outdoors. His paintings are often heavily textured, and this is particularly effective when his subjects are rocks and…

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A colourful, stylized side-profile portrait of Lester YoungLester Young, oil on canvas

Born in Detroit and now living in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Melvin Clark is a painter who uses colourful contour lines to imbue his paintings with movement and sound.

 

The gallery of abstract paintings on Melvin Clark's websiteMelvin's abstract works on his porfolio website

Melvin’s geometric patterned abstracts use beautifully clean lines where the shapes seem to overlap and create new spaces of colour. His portraits use contour lines to add an interesting…

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An aerial photo of Chris Ofili working on a very large painting in his studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist today is Chris Ofil. Chris is an artist perhaps best known for his paintings working with elephant dung. His overall practice, however, is much more varied.

 

While not all of Ofili’s works are this large, it’s amazing to see the creation of this one in progress, with the help of a large warehouse space and several assistants. The painting here, a backdrop for a performance by the Royal Ballet in 2012,…

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An abstract painting with paints applied with sharp edges and many overlapping coloursUntitled 05, oil on panel, Carla Tak

Today’s feature is on Canadian Abstract Art, an organization that supports and calls attention to Canadian abstract art and artists. Currently the website displays work by three contemporary abstract artists: David Tycho, Carla Tak, and Eva Honig. There is also a gallery on the site of historic abstract art and artists, complete with studio photos!


An abstracted view of an urban street at nightUrban Rhapsody #5, acrylic on canvas, David Tycho…

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A white porcelain lunch plate with an illustrative seashell motifSeashell Lunch Plate, porcelain

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Terry Cervantes!  Terry is an artist and potter from California who uses her background in illustration to create pottery that tells a story.

 

A bowl with a child's face imprinted on the inside in black and white line artSilly Moon Bowl

Terry has a few collections of ceramics works available on her portfolio website. In her seashell pottery, illustrative images of seashells have a highly illusionary sense of depth to them, and upon looking…

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A tiny book page detailing a major event in human historyThe Mini Book of Major Events (detail)

Evan Lorenzen creates cartoonish illustrations that offer a strange look at pop culture, history and animals. The artist’s recent works focus on black and white depictions of pop cultural figures, and experimentation with different surfaces.


A photo of two tiny tarot cards being held in someone's finger'sTiny Tarot

I’m especially a fan of Evan’s adorable tiny art pieces. These illustrations and book art pieces are whimsical yet amazingly delicate…

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A charcoal portrait of a young boy laughingUntitled Boy, charcoal

Our featured artist today is Izzy Vera. Izzy works in charcoal, chalk pastel and oil paint to turn children's imaginations into reality as detailed and realistic paintings, occasionally with a surreal edge.

 

A painting featuring a child's depiction of grown-up lifeWhen I Grow Up

Many of her works feature portraits of children, and the sometimes dream-like quality of the subject matter seems to suggest the boundless imagination of childhood. The artist’s website at

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A drawing of a run-down cottage dwelling on a hillDown Below and Around the Corner, graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel, ink and acrylic paint on paper

Amie T. Rangel, our featured artist for today, creates artworks that explore physical and emotional spaces though drawing, mixed media, and occasionally text.

 

A hand coloured lithograph featuring pig's feet as a comment on agricultural industryWhat Orkney Abandoned Alberta Endures, hand-coloured lithograph

Amie is particularly fascinated by apartments and agricultural and research facilities. Her drawings of buildings…

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A photo of Annette Messenger in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday today will look at the work space of Annette Messenger. Messenger has a varied studio practice that includes drawing and installation, and combinations of the two.

 

Messenger often uses India ink as a component in her works, sometimes creating drawings in her studio and sometimes drawing directly on the walls of a gallery.  As the artist has said in an interview, she sometimes uses so much India ink for drawing…

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A portrait photograph of a musician dressed in blackUntitled

Bill Westmoreland is an artist who specializes in film and photography as well as makeup and hair design. Bill has built a career on model and magazine photography, and his work has appeared in commercials, videos, CD covers, as well as his own makeup book.


A photograph of artist Ross Brodar in front of a wall muralRoss Brodar, artist, for Raw Vision Magazine

 

I love the way Bill plays with different moods. He captures movement well – his model photos are often quite dynamic, though…

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A handmade wool carpet that seems to blur and become abstractOiling, handmade woolen rug

Faig Ahmed is a sculptor and installation artist from Baku, Azerbaijan.  In his current practice, Ahmed uses fragments and patterns from traditional Azerbaijani rugs to create sculptures and installations that combine traditional and contemporary aesthetics.

 

In his carpet works, Ahmed keeps part of the original pattern and then weaves the remainder of the carpet into a different, often bizarre or surreal…

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An oil painting of a woman in a red old fashioned dressedJosephine in Red, oil

Kim Fujiwara, our featured artist today, originally worked as an illustrator and is now a painter in his artistic practice. Kim’s artistic prowess certainly shows in his figurative paintings. His illustrative images are beautifully rendered, and I think they’d be equally at home in an art gallery or on the covers of science fiction or fantasy novels.

 

An oil painting of a cattle drive on the American prairiesCattle Drive, oil

Kim paints a variety of subjects,…

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A photo of an outdoor installation with a pound or hashtag symbol spray painted on the ground#BUSH, land marking spray paint on land

Our featured artist today is Tania Willard. Tania works in various media and also has a notable curatorial practice. Her works explore First Nations identity, recently using installations in natural spaces to address critical issues.

 


A fabric and chalk artwork featuring a highly stylized mask

Simluations, acrylic and chalk on printed cotton fabric

Tania’s ongoing collaborative work Bush Gallery explores an outdoor space through the lens of media…

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A photograph with a chair, orange drapes, and yellow yarnOrgans

Our featured artist today is Madi Chambers. Madi is currently based in Ontario, where she makes photographs that meditate on domestic spaces.

 

A photo of an unmarked building on a relatively deserted streetUntitled

These domestic photographs are quiet and seem peaceful in way, as if they are simply contemplating their interior views. Objects – yarn, and a Christmas tree, in two photos – are deliberately posed to have a different interaction with the space than they normally would. For…

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A photo of Miguel Conde painting in his Madrid studio

 

Today’s Studio Sunday feature is Miguel Conde. Conde was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives and works in Spain. He is noted as a figurative painter, printmaker and etcher.

 

Conde’s studio appears quite utilitarian. I enjoy the way every wall is completely obscured by paintings – stacked on top of each other in some cases. The studio has interesting tile floors and a big drawing table that for the artist to work…

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